My name is Jonathan Bean and I am the founder (for want of a better title) of Ethical Athlete. I grew up on the Isle of Wight, but now live in Southampton, in the UK. I’ve never been much good at team sports or racquet sports so haven’t really bothered with them. Instead, when I was at school I did a lot of sailing (mostly dinghy racing), a fair bit of surfing, and cycled everywhere. Now I’m a “grown up” I rarely get the chance to go sailing, haven’t surfed in years, and don’t usemy bike as much as I would like to. My sport of choice now, is running.
I started running as a means of losing a little post-university fat and soon became addicted. Despite never enjoying school cross country runs, I now actively seek out training routes and events that allow me to explore both my own limits and the world around me. I’ve raced at distances from 5 km to 70 miles (albeit over two days), and have achieved a “good for age” qualifying time for the London Marathon. I’m far from being as quick as I’d like, but I am very enthusiastic.
Politically, I lean to the left. I like to think that this is a result of studying History at university, but in reality I’ve always been that way inclined. I don’t want to get into heavy political discourse, but to summarise: I believe in fairness, equality and social justice; and the protection of our natural environment.
As much as I like to try, it is not always possible to combine my ethics with my athletics.
Thanks for dropping by.